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Indigenous land defenders face down bulldozers to block Dakota Access pipeline

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The Missouri River, the longest river in North America, has for thousands of years provided the water necessary for life to the region's original inhabitants. To this day, millions of people rely on the Missouri for clean drinking water. Now, a petroleum pipeline, called the Dakota Access pipeline, is being built, threatening the river. A movement has grown to block the pipeline, led by Native American tribes that have lived along the banks of the Missouri from time immemorial. Members of the Dakota and Lakota nations from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation established a camp at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, about 50 miles south of Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Standing Rock oil pipeline protest: The largest gathering of Indigenous peoples in a century

From the Real News Network: It's being called the largest gathering of Native Americans in a century. This week, eight were arrested in North Dakota, along with 30 in Iowa, trying to halt the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. This is part of a growing indigenous-led movement to stop the pipeline, which will span four states and carry half a million barrels of crude oil. Supporters say it will bring jobs and clean energy, but critics say it endangers drinking water and sites sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux, and potentially millions of others, in a filed lawsuit in federal court. 

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| June 1, 2016
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| May 30, 2016

'Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist' captures the spirit of protest

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

by Sunil Yapa
(Little, Brown and Company,
2016;
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'The End of Protest' challenges activists to rethink their tactics

The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution

by Micah White
(Knopf Canada,
2016;
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| January 5, 2016
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| June 4, 2015

Service cuts in Ontario's austerity budget spark protest

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Hundreds of public sector union members rallied outside the Ontario government buildings on Thursday to protest the provincial budget.

"This is about the kind of Ontario that we want," said OPSEU Executive Board Member Ibrahim Bozai, "We are anticipating serious cuts. We’re anticipating the government digging in their heels when it comes to investments in public services, and more privatization."

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Today, protests demand justice for Cindy Gladue. Follow them here.

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Today, there are demonstrations across Canada to express outrage at the verdict in the case of Cindy Gladue. For more information on joining the protest in your city, search Justice for Cindy Gladue on Facebook. You can follow the Twitter feed from the demonstrations across Canada here:

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